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The Beanbag Collective - live at small black box




40 minutes of messy, noisy plunderphonic retardation. Recorded live at long running Brisbane performance space Small Black Box by anonymous artist/ media prankster collective, april 2004 . the following review is taken from the may 2004 small black box program: "setting up in the storage space lovingly know as the "gimp room" by sbb crew, the beanbag crew mixed up a dense, chaotic and disturbing array of discarded vinyl, trashy top 40 pop and golden oldies, with a few moments of sheer oddity thrown in for good measure. teetering constantly on the brink of unlistenable, there were moments of hilarity, insanity and borderline genius here. for the most part, it was impossible to tell what was being blended into this foul but compelling stew. with the collective 'doing their thing' during the intervals and leading straight off into their 'performance' without introduction, the audience entered to the 'music' they'd left to, settled and waited, chatting quietly amongst themselves- without the expected cue to "listen now" most seemed happy to sit and wait, although some became a little confused. eventually, some braved a peek into the "gimp room" and were treated to the sight of 4 people, hunched over old record players, mixers, cd players and a laptop, swearing at each other , forcibly interfereing with each other's records, upping the ante on ridiculous covers and so on and so forth- with NO attempt to play 'as a unit'. after a time, the 'joke' (such as it was) dawned on the part of the audience which hadn't left, and much amusement was had by all. a beanbag was thrown around, band members got bored, came out of the gimp room and socialised with the audience, then it stopped."


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